The last thing many patients want to see after having a cavity filled is a big piece of metal in their mouth. Not only is it an eyesore, but many patients also prefer to avoid metal fillings because they contain mercury, and they can increase tooth sensitivity. Dr. Szyperski offers composite teeth fillings to treat cavities while preserving the natural look of your teeth.
What to expect from a cavity filling
Dr. Szyperski will examine your teeth each time you come in for a checkup. In many cases, she can address the issue during your hygiene visit in as little as 15 minutes. She will use a dental drill to remove the decay in your teeth and then fill it using composite resin, a tooth-colored filling designed to match your teeth’ natural shade. Then, she will shape the resin to mimic the appearance of your tooth and harden it with a special light. Once the resin is cured, she will polish it for a discrete restoration.
In teeth with advanced decay, you may need a dental crown to prevent further damage to your tooth, or you may need a root canal to address the infection. Prepping your teeth for a crown will require additional time, and you may have to schedule a separate appointment to treat the issue.
Once your cavities are filled, Dr. Szyperski will work with you to improve your oral health and your home care to prevent further issues in the future. She will educate you on the best way to clean your teeth and help you build better eating habits to reduce your risk. You will also need to maintain routine checkups at least twice a year so your teeth can be professionally cleaned.
Fluoride treatments and dental sealants are both excellent ways to strengthen your teeth and prevent cavities. As you age, your natural defenses weaken, and you are more susceptible to cavities. These additional measures, along with routine cleanings and good oral hygiene, can save you money on dental care as well as preserve your natural teeth for years to come. To learn more about treating cavities, contact our office in Petaluma, CA, today at (707) 306-8001 to set up an appointment.
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